No: 181, 20 June 2019, Press Release Regarding The World Refugee Day

Republic Of Turkey Ministry Of Foreign Affairs 20.06.2019

The number of persons displaced by various reasons such as conflicts, natural disasters and human rights violations increases everyday throughout the world. Many of these people lose their lives, live in very difficult conditions and are being targeted by transnational organized criminal networks.

We believe that it is the common responsibility of the international community to provide necessary conditions for these people to live in dignity, to create conditions that would ensure safe return to their countries and to solve the problems forcing them to seek asylum. However, we also see that the international community does not do enough on her part in this respect. We regrettably witness the rise of xenophobia, racism and discrimination against these people, who are economically and culturally enriching host countries and communities.

Turkey, as a country that opened her borders to those in need throughout her history, hosts 4 million people in the best manner, who sought shelter in her territories. Today, services we provide them in several fields, in particular health, education and access to labor market, are a guide for the international community.

Our country is also playing an active role at the international platforms for the improvement of the refugees’ rights. In this respect, we will continue to support the Global Compact on Refugees adopted by the UN General Assembly on 17 December 2018, to which we actively contributed during its preparation phase.

Turkey, as an indication of the importance she attaches to this matter, will co-chair the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva on 17-18 December 2019 that will take place within the framework of the Compact. We invite all countries and stakeholders to participate in the Forum at the highest level and to declare significant pledges for refugees at this Forum.

We wish that 20 June World Refugee Day will be an occasion for the improvement of living conditions of refugees and asylum-seekers and for the international community to show more solidarity with these people and host countries in line with equitable burden and responsibility sharing.

Ahmet Peyami Kalyoncu Consul General
Monday - Friday

09:00 - 13:00 / 14:30 - 17:30

Submission of Documents: 09.30-12.30
1/1/2020 1/1/2020 New Year's Day
1/25/2020 1/25/2020 Lunar New Year's Day
1/27/2020 1/28/2020 The third and fourth day of Lunar New Year
4/4/2020 4/4/2020 Ching Ming Festival
4/10/2020 4/11/2020 Goof Friday and the day following Good Friday
4/13/2020 4/13/2020 Easter Monday
4/30/2020 4/30/2020 Birthday of the Buddha
5/1/2020 5/1/2020 Labour Day
5/24/2020 5/24/2020 Feast of Ramadan
6/25/2020 6/25/2020 Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival)
7/1/2020 7/1/2020 Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day
7/31/2020 7/31/2020 Feast of Sacrifice
10/1/2020 10/2/2020 National Day of PRC
10/2/2020 10/2/2020 The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
10/26/2020 10/26/2020 The day following Chung Yeung Festival
10/29/2020 10/29/2020 National Day of the Republic of Turkey
12/25/2020 12/26/2020 Christmas